Ministry matters

Ministry officials in hole above LTTE buried gold

BY Buddhika Samaraweera

Public Security Ministry official suspended from duty on suspicion of attempting to secretly dig up a stockpile of gold allegedly buried by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the Puthukkudiyiruppu region in Mullaitivu during the war. , while an investigation must be carried out on an official of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development involved in the same incident, The morning learned.

Two staff members of the Minister of Public Safety, Rear Admiral (Retired) Dr Sarath Weerasekera and Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Douglas Devananda reportedly attempted to recover a stock of gold buried by the LTTE in the region of Puthukkudiyiruppu on November 25. , according to the media.

When contacted by The morningPublic Security Ministry media secretary Chinthaka Perera said the official suspected of being involved in the incident in question has been suspended since investigations into the matter are underway. He also said police were tasked by Dr Weerasekera to conduct an impartial investigation into the incident.

In addition, talk to The morning, Devananda said, “Only on the last (1) morning I learned of this incident as well, but I don’t think he (the head of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development) was involved in such an incident. incident because he is not that type of person. He has a fishing organization so he travels across the country.

When asked if the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development would investigate the matter, he said, “He (the official) is not doing well these days. However, I will be investigating in a day or two.

Meanwhile, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) also opened an investigation into the incident while a report was submitted to Dr Weerasekera and Inspector General of Police (IGP) Chandana D. Wickramaratne regarding the incident by the Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police (SDIG) – Northern Province Jagath Palihakkara.

The gold stock was to be recovered by court order and on November 23, the two officials in question went to the official quarters of the police officer in charge of Puthukkudiyiruppu (OIC), where they allegedly requested the OIC assistance to recover gold. gold. However, the Puthukkudiyiruppu Police OIC did not notify its senior police officials until the Chief Superintendent of Police (SSP) in charge of the Mullaitivu Division inquired about the former from the former. arrival of the two so-called ministry officials. As a result, an investigation, led by the Deputy Superintendent of Police (ASP) in charge of the number one district of Mullaitivu, to determine whether the OIC of the Puthukkudiyiruppu police had neglected his duties, began.